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  • CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    BEINART PETER
    ISBN: 9780522861761
    Title: CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    Author: BEINART PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America.

    In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organisations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream, the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals, may die.

    In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment's refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the centre of the crisis: Barack Obama, America's first 'Jewish president', a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people's special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions, not just of American and Israeli national interests, but of the mission of the Jewish people itself. Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CRISIS WITHOUT END : THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE
    CRISIS WITHOUT END : THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE
    CALDICOTT HELEN
    ISBN: 9781620970829
    Title: CRISIS WITHOUT END : THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE
    Author: CALDICOTT HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The only document of its kind, Crisis Without End represents an unprecedented look into the profound aftereffects of Fukushima.
    In accessible terms, leading experts from Japan, the United States, Russia, and other nations weigh in on the current state of knowledge of radiation-related health risks in Japan, impacts on the world's oceans, the question of low-dosage radiation risks, crucial comparisons with Chernobyl, health and environmental impacts on the United States (including on food and newborns), and the unavoidable implications for the U.S. nuclear energy industry.
    Crisis Without End is both essential reading and a major corrective to the public record on Fukushima.

    Imprint: THE NEW PRESS
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CROSSING THE LINE : Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea
    CROSSING THE LINE : Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea
    MCGRATH KIM
    ISBN: 9781863959360
    Title: CROSSING THE LINE : Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea
    Author: MCGRATH KIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is fifty years since Australia unilaterally issued petroleum exploration permits in the Timor Sea. For fifty years the Australian government has schemed to assert the integrity of those permits. Australia did nothing to stop Indonesia’s devastating occupation of East Timor, when – on our doorstep – 120,000 lives were lost from a population of 650,000. Instead, our government colluded with the Indonesian government in pursuit of our Timor Sea oil agenda.

    With access to never-before-seen classified documents, Kim McGrath tells the story of Australia and Timor’s secret history. With many explosive revelations, she shows how access to resources has been a key factor in how Australia has responded to Timor, right up to the UN hearings scheduled for conclusion in September 2017. It is time, she argues, for Australia to reconsider our ruthless determination to claim oil and gas wealth in the Timor Sea that does not belong to us.

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    SAID EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780099967507
    Title: CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    Author: SAID EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following his profoundly influential study, Orientalism, Edward Said now examines western culture. From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to media coverage of the Gulf War, Culture and Imperialism is a broad, fierce and wonderfully readable account of the roots of imperialism in European culture.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9781784870812
    Title: CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    Author: WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A ground-breaking work exploring how culture developed in the West. Relevant and readable more than fifty years after its first publication

    Acknowledged as a masterpiece of materialist criticism, this book delves into the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination. Surveying two hundred years of history and English literature – from George Eliot to George Orwell – Williams provides insights into the social and economic forces that have shaped British culture and society. Provocative and revolutionary in its day, this work overturned conventional thinking about the development of a common British mentality.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    TIMBERG SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780300216936
    Title: CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    Author: TIMBERG SCOTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists-from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers'out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions'most concerning the artist's place in society'that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. Timberg shows how America's now-collapsing middlebrow culture'a culture once derided by intellectuals like Dwight Macdonald'appears, from today's vantage point, to have been at least a Silver Age. Timberg's reporting is essential reading for anyone who works in the world of culture, knows someone who does, or cares about the work creative artists produce.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    DENNISS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781863959414
    Title: CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Author: DENNISS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and to the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. In this sparkling book of ideas, he shows why we must cherish the things that we own - preserve them, maintain them, and then gift them or sell them when we no longer have a need for them. If we as a society do not cure ourselves of affluenza, we make it impossible for all the people of our planet to enjoy a higher standard of living, and we condemn our environment to a polluted and unsustainable future.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CYBERPHOBIA : IDENTITY TRUST SECURITY AND THE INTERNET
    CYBERPHOBIA : IDENTITY TRUST SECURITY AND THE INTERNET
    LUCAS EDWARD
    ISBN: 9781408850145
    Title: CYBERPHOBIA : IDENTITY TRUST SECURITY AND THE INTERNET
    Author: LUCAS EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An alarming and persuasive expos. of how cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare converge, by the author of The New Cold War

    Crossing the road, we look both ways. Riding a bicycle at night, we use lights. Driving a car, we wear seatbelts. So why is our attitude towards online security so relaxed? Edward Lucas reveals the ways in which cyberspace is not the secure or private zone we may hope, how passwords provide no significant obstacle to anyone intent on getting past them, and how anonymity is easily accessible to anyone - malign or benign - willing to take a little time covering their tracks.

    The internet was designed by a small group of computer scientists looking for a way to share information quickly. In the last twenty years it has expanded rapidly to become a global information superhighway, available to all comers, but also wide open to those seeking invisibility. This potential for anonymity means neither privacy nor secrecy are really possible for law-abiding corporations or citizens. As identities can be faked so easily the very foundations on which our political, legal and economic systems are based are vulnerable. Businesses, governments, national security organisations and even ordinary individuals are constantly at risk and with our ever increasing dependence on the internet and smart-phone technology this threat is unlikely to diminish - in fact, the target for cyber-criminals is expanding all the time.

    Not only does lCyberphobia lay bare the dangers of the internet, it also explores the most successful defensive cyber-strategies, options for tracking down transgressors and argues that we are moving into a post-digital age where once again face-to-face communication will be the only interaction that really matters.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CYPHERPUNK REVOLUTIONARY : ON JULIAN ASSANGE - SHORT BLACK 9
    CYPHERPUNK REVOLUTIONARY : ON JULIAN ASSANGE - SHORT BLACK 9
    MANNE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781863957717
    Title: CYPHERPUNK REVOLUTIONARY : ON JULIAN ASSANGE - SHORT BLACK 9
    Author: MANNE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'There are few original ideas in politics. In the creation of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange was responsible for one.'

    This essay reveals the making of Julian Assange - both his ideas and his world-changing actions. Robert Manne explores Assange's unruly childhood and then his involvement with the revolutionary cypherpunk underground, all the way through to the creation of WikiLeaks. Pulling together the threads of his development, Manne shows how Assange became one of the most influential Australians of our time.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $6.99
    Price: $6.99
  • DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    LEE BANDY X
    ISBN: 9781250179456
    Title: DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    Author: LEE BANDY X
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Since the start of Trump's presidential run, one question has permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the APA's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all.

    In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, mental health experts argue that, in Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

    His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It's not all in our heads. It's in his.

    Imprint: THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DARK AGE AHEAD
    DARK AGE AHEAD
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9781400076703
    Title: DARK AGE AHEAD
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jacobs uses her authoritative work on urban life and economies to discuss ways of protecting and strengthening culture and communities. Wise, worldly, and full of real-life examples and accessible concepts, this book is an essential read for perilous times.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    ORMSBY EILEEN
    ISBN: 9781760297855
    Title: DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    Author: ORMSBY EILEEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Hitmen for hire, drugs for sale. Inside the dangerous world that lurks beneath the bright, friendly light of your internet screen

    There's the world wide web - the internet we all know that connects us via news, email, forums, shopping and social media. Then there's the dark web - the parallel internet accessed by only a select few. Usually, those it connects wish to remain anonymous and for good reason.

    In the dark web, email is designed never to reveal users; the news and forums are dedicated to topics of true crime, but with inside information and gruesome detail rarely found on the 'clearweb'. Shopping is paid for with cryptocurrency like bitcoin, but the markets advertise drugs, weapons, hacking tools and far more nefarious goods and services.

    Eileen Ormsby has spent the past five years exploring every corner of the Dark Web. She has shopped on darknet markets, contributed to forums, waited in red rooms and hacked hitmen-for-hire sites. On occasions, her dark web activities have poured out into the real world and she has attended trials, met with criminals and the law enforcement who tracked them down, interviewed dark web identities and visited them in prison.

    This book will take you with me into the murkiest depths of the web's dark underbelly: a place of hitmen for hire, red rooms, hurtcore sites and online black markets. The darkest web.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DATA : Now Bigger and Better!  -  Secret Life of Big Data - Genevieve Bell
    DATA : Now Bigger and Better! - Secret Life of Big Data - Genevieve Bell
    BELL GENEVIEVE
    ISBN: 9780984201068
    Title: DATA : Now Bigger and Better! - Secret Life of Big Data - Genevieve Bell
    Author: BELL GENEVIEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brings together researchers whose work is deeply informed by the conceptual frameworks of anthropology-frameworks that are comparative as well as field-based. This book also provide analytical provocations that can help reframe some of the most important shifts in technology and society in the first half of the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $28.00
    Price: $28.00
  • DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    ADICHIE CHIMAMANDA NGOZI
    ISBN: 9780008241032
    Title: DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    Author: ADICHIE CHIMAMANDA NGOZI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today – written as a letter to a friend.

    A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.

    Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • DEAR LEADER : NORTH KOREA SENIOR PROPAGANDIST EXPOSES SHOCKING TRUTHS BEHIND THE REGIME
    DEAR LEADER : NORTH KOREA SENIOR PROPAGANDIST EXPOSES SHOCKING TRUTHS BEHIND THE REGIME
    JIN-SUNG JANG
    ISBN: 9781846044212
    Title: DEAR LEADER : NORTH KOREA SENIOR PROPAGANDIST EXPOSES SHOCKING TRUTHS BEHIND THE REGIME
    Author: JIN-SUNG JANG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2015 NEW RELEASE

    Contains new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. This title is also the story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most courageous, outspoken critic.

    Imprint: RIDER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9780679741954
    Title: DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.



    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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